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Discussion on: What’s the most interesting new or upcoming browser feature?

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tbodt

WebAssembly. I truly believe there will come a day when every single piece of software ever written can be compiled into WebAssembly and and will run on any computer ever. And I can't wait.

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Aaron Chamberlain

Agreed. Im just hoping that it picks up quickly. Particularly I. That there will be multiple language/compiler choices

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W. Brian Gourlie

This, so much. It goes beyond just having a better compilation target. LLVM is working on a WebAssembly back-end, which besides immediately making a huge number of languages available to the browser, also brings along tons of optimizations.

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Ben Halpern Author

That is really exciting. What are your (or anybody else's) high level thoughts about what the intermediary steps will look like? Is it just going to be a matter of swapping out some compilation targets and a few polyfills along the way or are there going to be other possible hiccups?

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Right now, you can install Emscripten incoming and compile most portable C/C++ programs with CC='emcc -s WASM=1'. Eventually, Emscripten will be migrated from using an asm.js to wasm translator to using LLVM's WebAssembly backend. I don't know what's going to happen after that...